Innovation

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By Sophie Porter 01:44 am April 27, 2020
NHS Digital and NHSX have announced the national rollout of digital interoperability system GP Connect to all NHS GP surgeries and specialist care centres. The programme will enable secure sharing of patient information across primary care services, enabling more efficient access to care for patients. WHY IT MATTERS GP Connect enables patients to book in and receive care from surgeries other than...

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By Sophie Porter 01:44 am April 22, 2020
The Danish Government has collaborated with IT service provider Netcompany to create digital solutions to ease the national lockdown restrictions. The Danish tech company and the National Board of Digitisation have developed ‘COVIDmeter’, which allows users to input and monitor coronavirus symptoms, and the ‘Mobile Proximity App’, which tracks the spread of the virus. WHY IT MATTERS COVIDmeter (...

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By Piers Ford 07:55 am April 21, 2020
Returning and redeployed clinicians drafted to NHS ICUs during the COVID-19 pandemic are now able to get up to speed with ventilation skills by using a new online tool from FundamentalVR, which specialises in developing immersive simulations for training surgeons. The tool will help hospitals to retain and boost their capacity at a time when resources are stretched by high patient numbers and...

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By Piers Ford 02:10 am April 16, 2020
Digital health business Medopad has rebranded itself as Huma and acquired two AI and wearable tech companies, reinforcing its mission to play a pioneering role in discovering digital biomarkers, an emerging category of medicine described by founder and CEO Dan Vahdat as a “game-changer”. Vahdat said the company’s focus on insights gathered by remote monitoring to help healthcare, life sciences...
By Piers Ford 08:04 am April 15, 2020
The UK Space Agency has joined the effort to support the NHS response to the coronavirus pandemic with the announcement of a £2.6 million fund for the development of hi-tech solutions to some of the most pressing challenges created by the crisis. The fund is a joint initiative with the European Space Agency (ESA) and aims to fund projects that address some of the NHS’s most urgent needs including...

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By Rachel McArthur 02:23 am April 8, 2020
The Kingdom of Bahrain is keeping track of its active cases of COVID-19 via electronic bracelets. Launched earlier this week, the wristbands – which are compatible with the country’s coronavirus contact tracing app, called “BeAware” – have been designed to alert a governmental monitoring station of any suspicious activity. Affected individuals wearing the electronic bracelet must be connected to...

A team works on ideas at the MIT COVID-19 Challenge hackathon this weekend. Photo credit/MIT COVID-19 Challenge

By Laura Lovett 04:23 pm April 6, 2020
With stay at home orders dominating the news cycle, many are looking for ways to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic from home. A group out of MIT is looking to remedy this with a way for various stakeholders to get involved. Over the weekend, MIT COVID-19 Challenge: Beat the Pandemic hosted the first in a series of virtual hackathons and events aimed at designing new tools to address the virus...

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By Tammy Lovell 03:59 am April 1, 2020
London-based FundamentalVR, a digital health company that uses virtual reality (VR) to help train surgeons, today announced the expansion of its educational platform Fundamental Surgery. Its new education modality @HomeVR brings educational simulations, accredited by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons, to standalone VR headsets such as Oculus Quest and...
By Tammy Lovell 01:32 am April 1, 2020
London-based startup Air Doctor, has raised a Series A funding round of $7.8 million from Kamet Ventures – the AXA-backed venture builder – and The Phoenix Insurance Company. This latest round follows Air Doctor’s seed round of $3.1 million in July 2018. WHAT THEY DO Founded in 2016, Air Doctor connects travellers who fall sick abroad with local private physicians who are skilled at treating non-...

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By Sophie Porter 04:07 am March 31, 2020
Digital hospital Medbelle has announced it will be selling COVID-19 test kits to private patients at cost in an attempt to aid the NHS in its efforts to better understand the virus and to expand testing capabilities in the UK. The kits cost £225 each, inclusive of laboratory, packaging and advisor fees. Purchases are limited to two per household to control demand, but the organisation has an...